Carlisle United’s club director Dean Holdsworth has confirmed an offer has been made for reported Leeds United target Liam McCarron.

The 18-year-old broke through into the first team last season after progressing through the Cumbrians’ academy and made 20 appearances in all competitions.

The winger has been attracting interest from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs including Leeds United, who are believed to be ready to make a £250,000 bid for the youngster.

The Elland Road outfit are expected to revamp Marcelo Bielsa’s squad this summer as the Whites look to power their way up to the Premier League – with McCarron a possible addition.

“We have had bids from a Championship club and had conversations with a Premier League club regarding Liam. That is ongoing,” the former Wimbledon striker told the News & Star.

“If a club does come through the door now, they’ve got to pay the amount we feel in terms of compensation and for the potential [he has] going forward, whether that’s Premier League, Championship and beyond.”

Carlisle appear to be resigned to losing McCarron this summer, who has just 12 months left on his contract with the League Two club.

Should the youngster join Leeds, he will likely go into the Under-23 side but head coach Bielsa is prepared to give youth a chance at Elland Road and the promise of progression could be a key factor in the move.

Jordan Stevens and Leif Davies moved to the Whites last year from Forest Green Rovers and Morecambe respectively, and both players were included in the first -eam fold during the last campaign.

Bielsa has agreed to stay at Leeds for a further 12 months and will be looking to build on last season’s third-place finish in the Championship.

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